RAT COLUMNS: Sceptre Hole: LP

This full length reminds me of maudlin new wave from the ‘90s. The vocals are reminiscent of gloomy jangle pop from that era. The album cover is a nice sepia photograph of a man swimming. It’s in the style of a Smiths or Coil album cover. I feel like that must be what they are going for, at least to a degree. It moves at the pace of My Bloody Valentine or Jesus And Mary Chain. They branch out into a few interesting beats that venture into Cure territory. I’d say it is well done. The songs are structured well and the recording is solid. I think it would stick out to me if I were more into this sort of thing. If you are way into shoegazing, it’s a thumbs up.

 –Billups Allen (Smartguy)